Ascend Publications

Use these guidelines and tips to craft tailored messages that bring your 2Gen work to life in a way that makes policymakers see what a good idea 2Gen is and encourages them to support spreading 2Gen where it makes sense. January 2017.

There are multiple definitions for scale that center around the expansion, replication, and adaptation of programs. Generally when talking about scale, the term is used to mean one individual program expanding its own reach to serve additional populations or deepening its current efforts. This article examines the challenges of individual programs working together to scale. The goal of the collaboration described is for each service provider to reach additional families with unique services (horizontal scale) while also scaling across programs to ensure that a wider array of services are easily accessible for the family (vertical scale). January 2017.

This case study offers readers an in-depth look at how Colorado has embraced a two-gernation approach across state and county agencies and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. It offers practical tools and resources in addition to lessons from Colorado’s work. September 2016.

Two-Generation Playbook

Ascend at the Aspen Institute publication on the two-generation approach and its core components. September 2016.

The demographics of families in poverty around the globe may be diverse, but parents’ dreams for their children are similar everywhere: good health, a good education, economic stability, and a better future. May 2016.

This report from the Two-Generation Outcomes Working Group is designed to set a foundation for how practitioners and policymakers consider the intended outcomes of two-generation programs and the pathways to achieve those outcomes. March 2016